THE Youth and Sports Ministry is spearheading the National Apprenticeship Scheme (SPN) which aims to increase the marketability of the country’s youth.
The national programme also demonstrates the government’s commitment to assist the country’s youths to secure jobs and reduce the rate of unemployment in the country.
During the Covid-19 pandemic job opportunities have become scarce. The SPN is the most concerted and comprehensive job training programme created by the government to increase the marketability of the country’s youths.
During the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, the country’s unemployment rates jumped to 5.5%, leaving thousands of people without jobs.
This concerted programme which is a collaboration of various related ministries and agencies, will generate 10,000 job opportunities in the private sector and government-linked companies.
The government hopes at the end of the programme, the trainees will be able to secure permanent positions or enhance their marketability in the market.
The programme which is supported by InvestKL has also received overwhelming responses from investors linked to the investment promotion agency.
Since the launch in July 2020, 14 multinational companies (MNCs) have participated in the scheme with a commitment to recruit 60 youth trainees below the age of 35.
Under the SPN, trainees are helped to increase their overall capability via upskilling, reskilling and cross-skilling.
The trainees are also given on the job training and to enhance their soft skills.
Leading international firms are also leveraging on the programme to recruit these trainees in the future. This will enhance the company’s human resource asset.
These companies also receive incentives from the government by participating in the programme. The various incentives offered by the government ensure the success of the SPN.
Combining these two plus points, international corporations are hiring more youth even before the economy recovers.
“Efforts to develop young talents with high skills are an important factor to make Kuala Lumpur (KL) and Malaysia the main strategic hub in the region,” InvestKL CEO Muhammad Azmi Zulkifli said.
Employers who provide training and employment opportunities through the SPN will get the wage subsidy benefits under the National Economy Recovery Plan, or Penjana, amounting to RM600 over six months and training subsidies of RM4,000 per person provided the employer is registered with the Social Security Organisation and Human Resources Development Fund.
The SPN is already a resounding success and is already paving the way for the country’s economic recovery. Since the introduction of SPN, the country’s unemployment rate in the third quarter of 2020 has dropped to 4.7% from 5.3% in May this year.
Employers and companies who are keen to participate in the SPN and provide training and employment opportunities to youths can contact the SPN secretariat via e-mail at [email protected] or call 03-8871 3265/3264/3463 or visit http://perantisan.kbs.gov.my.
The SPN has trained youths, created marketable workers, reduced unemployment rates, generated economic activities, incentivised employers and put the country back on the path of economi recovery.